Stafford Castle

Stafford Castle

Stafford Castle

A Knights tale...

Hate not knowing what happened in 1066? If you like history, castles and knights’ tales, then Stafford Castle is your next destination.

With a varied history dating back to 1100 AD, Stafford Castle has some stories to tell. Like the time the financial woes of the Stafford family played heavily on their minds (during the time of William the Conqueror). Or the time that Lady Isabel Stafford bravely defended its walls against Parliamentary forces during the Civil War. Or the time it was demolished and rebuilt (in 1813), only to then fall into ruin and be rebuilt again in the 19th century.

Stafford Castle

A great day out

Today, the castle stands as a testament to its 900-year history and is one of the finest examples of Norman earthworks in the country to have survived the test of time.

The visitors centre (next door) offers audio/visual guides, displays of arms, armour and costumes, and the opportunity to have a go at coin minting (making money) and brass rubbing. It also has a carousel of events and exhibits throughout the year (take a look here). And, every summer, the castle plays backdrop to open-air theatre during the Stafford Festival Shakespeare.

Stafford Castle

In the grounds of the castle, you can find a 16-bed herb garden (herbs were the antibiotics of the day) and each herb relates to an illness. The castle itself offers a keep (a fortified tower) which you can climb and an inner and outer bailey (a walled courtyard, of sorts).

The best part? It’s all free. Open Wednesday to Sunday (11am-4pm) from April to October and from November to March it’s open on Saturday and Sunday only (11am-4pm). Accessible by car, pop the postcode ‘ST16 1DJ’ into your Sat Nav.

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